JFB Myofascial Release
The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach(TM) is considered to be the ultimate therapy that is safe, gentle and consistently effective in producing results that last. John F. Barnes, PT has trained over 50,000 therapists and physicians, is an international lecturer, author, and authority on Myofascial Release. He is a physical therapist and is considered to be a visionary and teacher of the highest caliber.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is a three-dimensional web of tough connective tissue that runs from the top of our heads to the bottom of our feet and to the fingertips. Our fascial system functions to provide structure and support to all parts of our body and acts as a shock absorber, allowing our bodies to withstand many forces throughout our lives without being injured. The fascia surrounds and infuses every part of the body including the bones, muscles, vessels, spinal cord, internal organs - all the way down to the individual cells. The fascial system can, therefore, affect every system and function in the body.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)
What is a Fascial Restriction?
Fascial restrictions are areas in the body where the
elasto-collagenous complex has become shortened and solidified. For a moment, think of the fascia in the following way: Imagine a plastic bag filled with spaghetti that has just been cooked and has some oil added. As you move the spaghetti in the bag, the individual strands of spaghetti -or elastin and collagen- will easily slide and glide over each other. This is similar to how healthy fascia moves in our bodies. Now imagine that the bag of spaghetti is opened and left on the counter for a day or two. The places where the strands of spaghetti intersect (called cross-links) are now stuck together. Furthermore, there is less moisture around the spaghetti - the ground substance dehydrates. If you were to move the spaghetti around in the bag there would now be less available movement, less fluidity, and increased stiffness. This is similar to a fascial restriction in the body.
The medical approach is to drug patients so they temporarily are free from pain, but does nothing about the straight-jacket of pressure that is causing the pain. Traditional physical, occupational and massage therapy treats the symptoms caused by the pressure of the "straightjacket of the Myofascial system but does nothing about the straightjacket of pressure that causes and perpetuates the symptoms.
This is why so many patients only have temporary results never seeming to get better with traditional therapy. Only Myofascial Release treats the entire Myofascial mind/body complex eliminating the pressure of the restricted Myofascial system (the straightjacket) that causes the symptoms. Myofascial Release will safely and gently release the entire Myofascial complex for lasting and comprehensive results and authentic healing.
Our goal is to help you return to a pain-free, active lifestyle by relieving:
• Back Pain • Headaches • Whiplash • Pelvic Pain • Neck Pain
• Sports Injuries • Chronic Pain • Disc Problems • Migraines
• Pelvic Floor Dysfunction • Neurological Dysfunction
When you come for your initial MFR consultation please bring or wear a pair of shorts and a tank top or sports bra; No lotions or oils on the skin.